day 3 – Summer Skin

I was supposed to guest speak at an event on Friday night. I was going to talk about transitioning your look from winter into spring and summer. Unfortunately the event was cancelled, but I’m still going to share my awesome tips and tricks with you. Because I love you.

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1. Treat Your Skin!

No matter what how much make up you use, great skin starts with great skin care. Evaluate the skin care you’ve been using.

  • Is my skin care appropriate for my age?
    Skin at 40 isn’t the same as skin at 20. The oil fighting/acne treating line you were using in your late teens doesn’t fight the signs of aging you may need now. As general guideline, by the early to mid-30s, women should start an age-fighting treatment. There is no need to wait until the signs of aging become noticeable to fight them. Nip it in the bud!
  • Is my skin care appropriate for my lifestyle?
    Skin care is like a budget – it doesn’t work unless you USE it. If you have a 7-step system but only give yourself 5 minutes to get ready in the morning, something has to give. Find a system that fits the way you live, not the way you wish you lived.

Maybe it’s time to try something new. Be sure to use skin care (or cosmetics) with an SPF, to protect your skin from the Sun’s damaging UV rays. Look for something oil-free to keep those pores clear and moisturizing to give you a healthy glow.

A word of caution: keep an eye out for potential allergic reactions. Remember that your skin may have a reaction to a new skin care system, but it might not be an allergy, just an adjustment. If symptoms don’t clear up in a couple weeks, discontinue use.

2. Lighten UP!

We all know that we should be wearing different foundation shades in summer and winter, as skin changes color throughout the year. Since foundation matching is such a pain, try a lighter weight CC or BB cream, or a tinted moisturizer instead of a heavy foundation. These products have less coverage, so they are great for those in-between shades, and they provide an extra layer of moisture (and usually SPF!). Apply with your fingers and blend in to clean, moisturized skin for a soft, natural look.

3. Play with color.

Summer is the time to try something new with your colors. No matter your age, job, or station in life, there is always a way to inject some color into your look. Not sure how? Here are some hints!

  • Bold lip

    Bold lip, natural eye. Perfect for beginners and pros alike!

    Choose One Area – Try a bold lip OR a flashy eye and keep the rest of your look fairly natural. By starting small, you don’t end up looking like Bozo the Clown. *shiver*

  • Add Shimmer, Not Sparkle – To avoid channeling your inner middle school girl, try adding a shimmery highlighter to cheekbones, temples, or brow bones. Avoid products with glitter in them.
  • Warm Up Your Cheeks – If you’ve been a traditionally dusty rose or pale pink blush user, opt for something with a little more warmth for summer. Try a coral or peach toned rouge or switch out your blush for a subtle bronzer.

Most of all, have fun!

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The 500 Hats…

I had a plan. It was a good one.

Really what happened was this.  Today is Sunday, and as such, I went to church.  Now, normally, church is at 10, but I also sing in the choir and sometimes volunteer in the nursery and occasionally plan retreats.  Every once in a while I also direct VBS, and maybe I help out with the spring musical and there was that one time with the youth group lock-in. Plus, now I’m planning a baby shower for the church secretary, who happens to be my sweet friend, Janelle.

No, not the girl from Teen Mom.

You might say I’m a little bit…involved.

All of this is fine, if a bit hectic, until something disastrous happens.  Like, say, waking up an hour and 10 minutes after you were supposed to and having exactly 23 minutes to shower, do hair and make up, put on clothes and get out of the house.

Then sometimes things fall apart.

I’m not saying this happened to me this morning, but I did spontaneously figure out exactly how little make up I could put on and still look presentable.  In case you’re curious, it’s 4 products.  F.O.U.R.  And here they are:

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Pearl

This stuff will chase away those dark circle and make you look awake enough to fake it until you make it.  Just a teeny tiny drop is enough to go from under the eye to the cheekbones.  An amazing quick fix for mornings that don’t quite cut it.

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Pixi Glow Catching Shadows Crayon in Beaming Reflection

If you’ve never used (or had much luck with) crayons before, this is definitely the one that will change your mind.  The creamy crayon goes on super smooth but doesn’t wear off or crease during the day.  It also keeps eyeliner from smudging, so you stay mysterious, not horror-victim chic.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Noir

One, who doesn’t love Rimmel? Two, this really is an amazing eyeliner.  With it’s built-in sharpener (which I never use) and smudger (which I always use) it’s waterproof without the worry.  For those who don’t dig the black, the liner comes in 7 brilliant shades.  I’ve read some reviews that say that this stuff doesn’t stand up to a heavy workout, so keep that in mind. This isn’t your marathon makeup.  But if you want it to last to the end of the workday, this is your stuff.

Ulta Legendary Lengths Mascara in Jet Black

I’ve been wearing Maybelline Great Lash Mascara since before I was allowed to wear makeup.  I would sneak it into my backpack along with my (no joke) blue eye shadow, put them on when I got to school, and the scrub off the offending cosmetics before my mom picked me up in the afternoon.  I’m a huge fan.  And this mascara isn’t better than that one, but it’s just as good, and it’s what I happen to have right now.  The point I want to make about mascara is that I wear it BLACK.  Not brown black, or deep chestnut or anything else that is ridiculous, but blackity black black black.  I do like the Ulta mascara, and it does make my lashes look a little longer, so that’s nice. Plus it has this cool hourglass-shaped brush that is supposed to make it go on better, or something.  I don’t know.

So there you have it.  In a pinch, these are my go-to.  When I’m not spazzing out in a hurry, I usually take time for additional steps like blush, lip color, and fully fastening my shoes. What are you gonna do?

Have a lovely week!

Weekend Warriors…Birchbox

I have the death.  Seriously, I think this is the end for me….

Ugh.

In addition to whatever is ailing me, tonight is also the last night of VBS and I have two huge projects that have to go out the door today.

Stress?  Nah…

Anyway, in honor of my crazy busy life, I want to introduce you to an amazing…thing, this week’s Weekend Warrior: Birchbox (www.birchbox.com).  Before I go on, I should say that this is a non-sponsored post, and I’m not being paid to talk about this company. Good?  Good.  Anyway, Birchbox is a kind of product matchmaker.  Once you get a subscription to Birchbox, for $10 per month, they send you a box of generously sized samples of upscale lifestyle and beauty products.  Use them for yourself, give them to friends, the choice is yours.  If you like what you get, you can buy full size versions of these products from the Birchbox site.

But that’s not even the best part.  Seriously.

Hand-picked beauty and lifestyle samples, delivered to your door for $10/month.

Take some time to look around the site, and you’ll notice that the greatest resource is information.  Each product has a full ingredient list, plus tips on how to use it, and pairings with other products.  They also have a YouTube channel with tons of video tutorials on everything from smoky eyes to curling your hair with a flat-iron.

And for my male readers, Birchbox has a section for you too, stocked will all kinds of grooming, shaving, and lifestyle products.  They even have an entire section for Masters of the Grill.  So there you go.

You can also give a subscription as a gift.  Sweet!

The only catch is that Birchbox is invitation only (like Pinterest), but there is no way to get an invitation early, you just have to wait your turn (not like Pinterest).  From the time I signed up to the time I got my invite was about 2 or 3 weeks, so be patient.  Also, once you get your invite, you have 72 hours to respond before they move on to the next person in line. So be patient….and then GO!

Special thanks to Emily, for turning me on to this service (even though she waited too long and lost her chance!)

Have a Lovely Weekend!